International Collaboration Framework to Figure out New Ways for Humans to Live and Interact with Artificial Agents

A new framework of collaboration, including the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of South Australia, French technological university IMT Atlantique, and Naval Group (the only industrial partner), will focus on human relations with autonomous, artificial systems to find new and beneficial ways of interaction.

A new international collaboration framework will look for ways to improve human performance and safety at work by designing ethical and efficient methods for human-autonomous system interaction. Image: Louis Smith via, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The collaboration was given the name CROSSING to reflect the crossover of ideas and disciplines that will form the basis of research across computer science, artificial intelligence (AI), engineering and technology, as well as psychology and other social sciences.

Joining a network of 70 international research laboratories (IRLs) – an IRL is a flagship international collaboration mechanism used by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) – the CROSSING Lab will pave the way for new and improved autonomous systems designed to boost human performance and workplace safety.

“Human operators will cooperate with high-level automata, robots or adaptive information systems able to produce knowledge and to explore the physical or informational environment on their own,” said Professor Anna Ma-Wyatt, Co-Director of the Lab.

As part of the collaboration, each partner will bring their unique expertise in fields ranging from machine learning, virtual environments and autonomous systems to sleep and fatigue analysis, industry 4.0 and embedded/human-centric AI.

The CROSSING Lab, based in Adelaide, Australia, is slated to become a cutting-edge multidisciplinary research facility that could place Australia at the forefront of research into frontier technologies that will, in all likelihood, form the bedrock of future industry.

“CNRS has more than 70 international research labs around the world, and the CROSSING Lab will be the first international research lab in Australia, and only the fifth of its type in the world with an industrial partner. It will offer an enduring link to the CNRS, the largest fundamental science organisation in Europe.

It provides an opportunity for South Australian universities to build strong collaborations with CNRS and European partners to apply to European as well as Australian funding schemes, and to engage with industry in Europe with CNRS collaborators.”



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